Definition - What does Assignment mean?

An assignment is a statement in computer programming that is used to set a value to a variable name. The operator used to do assignment is denoted with an equal sign (=). This operand works by assigning the value on the right-hand side of the operand to the operand on the left-hand side.

It is possible for the same variable to hold different values at different instants of time.

Techopedia explains Assignment

A simple assignment statement could be:

int x = 5

This means that x can only take integer values, and currently a value of 5 is assigned to the variable x.

A single variable can hold various values at different times based on its life span and scope. When a variable which is already assigned a value is assigned another value, the new assignment value overwrites the previously assigned value. The assignment statement also varies from programming language to programming language.

This definition was written in the context of Programming
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